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[News] New Version of Wine Released, Expert Scott Ritchie Interviewed

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Wine Announcement

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| The Wine development release 1.1.15 is now available.
| What's new in this release (see below for details):
|   - Gecko engine update.
|   - Better region support in GdiPlus.
|   - Support for cross-compilation in winegcc.
|   - Beginnings of MS Text Framework support.
|   - Many fixes to the regression tests on Windows.
|   - Various bug fixes.


Interview: Ubuntu and Wine Expert Scott Ritchie 

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| WorksWithU: Anything else you’d like to mention?
| Ritchie: Yes, code analysis tools. Wine’s benefited quite a bit from the 
| static tools  (Coverity and Smatch), which run free scans of Wine as a form 
| of marketing.  Valgrind is the most interesting however - There’s been work 
| to slowly clear up  all the valgrind warnings that Wine itself is generating. 
| Once those are clear, you could in principle build/run a Windows application 
| with Winelib and Valgrind     
| and use it to find errors that wouldn’t be possible to find on Windows 
| itself. 
| Which, once word gets out, means we very well may see Windows developers  
| testing with Winelib relatively early in the process even if their target 
| platform is Windows — the Winelib/Linux port just sort of happens as a nice  
| side effect - since valgrind is Linux only.   



Gaming on Linux: I’ll Stick With Wine, Please

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| In general, there are a lot of reasons to avoid wine and promote native Linux
| software instead.  But when it comes to gaming, I think that developers are
| best off relying on wine as a vehicle to the Linux desktop.  Vendors should
| make sure their games will run well on wine, rather than delving into the
| much muckier work of writing native Linux games.


Bringing WINE Into Ubuntu Main

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| Scott Ritchie, an Ubuntu MOTU, has proposed that WINE be moved into Ubuntu's
| Main repository thereby making it shipping with Ubuntu by default in some
| form.



Does WINE + Linux support more Windows apps than Vista?

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| WINE supports most of the applications which are made for Windows
| 2.0 up to Windows XP. WINE has the ability to run different versions
| of IE, run most of Adobe's products, run World of Warcraft, Half Life
| 2, Microsoft Office 2003, XP, 2000 and 97, Visio, Quicken,
|     * Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars
|     * Need for Speed Carbon
| [...]
| What about drivers, hardware support, and upgrades?
| Want to upgrade you XP to Vista? no chance. might as well do a fresh
| install and shell out $300.


Stop Wine From Beating Your Windows Apps With The Ugly Stick

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| Ubuntu 8.04 is planned to have usability improvements for Wine, among these
| improvements is a theme for Wine applications that matches the GTK theme.
| Can’t wait until April?  


Wine is Getting Good

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| Wine is at version 0.9.47. As it nears version 1.0, it's becoming clear that
| the goals of the project are being met.

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